Kenny's Tip of the Day - If You Can't Sell A Song With A Vocal and an Acoustic Guitar, It's NOT Worth Recording!!!!
Back when my production partner and I were writing and producing pop tracks, we had a rule. The song had to "work" by just playing it on the acoustic guitar. We always had one sitting around and we NEVER produced a track or even thought about programming a beat unless the song sounded like a HIT with just those two elements.
In fact, sometimes we would take our acoustic guitars to the park (Central Park, NYC) just to force ourselves to stick with this rule or limitation.
It's very few songs that require a full production to get the listener to feel something. And if you NEED a full out production to convince yourself that it's working, it probably isn't.
Try this yourself. Go on youtube and search your favorite song as a cover done by someone else. I'll bet you anything that you'll find some young girl or boy singing that song with just an acoustic guitar or maybe a piano. Sometimes just the vocal.
And why this is important is that the greatness comes from the song itself. The lyric and the very simple melody. It doesn't come from all of the bells and whistles. That's just enhancement. You must have something worth enhancing.
So before you search for that perfect kick or snare sample and create the perfect groove. Ask yourself something. Does THIS song work with just a vocal and an acoustic guitar?
And if the answer is YES then get to work and produce that hit. If not, don't spend another minute on it. It's a pop fly. Go write a Home Run.
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I hope this message finds you well. Kenny Gioia